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First course of temporary war-time meteorologists


  • Lawrence Hogben receiving the American Bronze Star in February 1946.
    D-Day Forecaster

    George Lawrence Hogben was born on April 14, 1916 in Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating from Auckland Grammar School in 1933 as a Prefect and University Entrance Scholar,...

  • Miles Barnett
    Director of Meteorological Services, 1939-1962

    Miles Aylmer Fulton Barnett was born in Dunedin on 30 April 1901, the son of Louis Edward Barnett, a surgeon, and his wife, Mabel Violet Fulton. After attending Christ’s...

  • Edward Kidson
    Director of Meteorological Services, 1927-1939

    Edward Kidson was born in Bilston, Staffordshire, England, on 12 March 1882, the son of Charles Kidson, a blacksmith, and his wife, Christiana Dore or Oxley. When he was three...

  • Rev. Daniel Bates
    Director of Meteorological Services, 1908-1927

    Daniel Cross Bates was born on 9 June 1868 at Spalding, England, the son of N. Bates, a farmer, of Spalding. He was educated in England, first at Spalding Grammar School and...

  • Captain Robert Edwin
    Director of Meteorological Services, 1874-1881*, 1890-1906* and 1906-1908^

    Robert Atherton Edwin was born at Camden Town, London, England, on 16 August 1839, the son of Felix Edwin, a commander in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Marianne Atherton. After...